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appointed to lead the cia, and lawmakers prepare to ask pointed questions about john brennan's involvement in the agency's clandestine drone program. >>> and weight war. new jersey governor chris christie blasts the doctor who publicly criticized his health habits. >> listen. this is just another hack who wants five minutes on tv. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, february 7th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning the northeast is bracing for a major winter storm that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow in some areas. blizzard watch has been posted for parts of massachusetts, rhode island, including eastern new england is prepared to get hit the hardest. the brunt of the storm is expected friday night into saturday. david bernard of our miami station wfor has more. >> it looks like we're heading for a major winter storm for ufl the northeast and it could even mean blizzard conditions for some of the areas. i want to show you the forecast map. this will be friday afternoon. upstate new york right along the coast of the low and it would in
to acknowledge these documents existed. >>> and news of the disclosure coming just as john brennan, the president's nominee to be cia director is set for his senate confirmation hearing. brennan was the architect of the drone policy. as barbara starr tells us, it's just one of the obstacles he faces. >> mr. john brennan. >> reporter: when president obama's pick for cia director heads to capitol hill today for his confirmation hearing, it's some in the president's own party that are threatening to hold up john brennan's nomination. oregon democrat senate other ron wyden telling reporters he would pull out all the stops to get answers about the legality of targeting americans involved with al qaeda overseas. in written answers to committee questions, brennan didn't address killing americans, but insisted all targeting is made on a case by case basis. >> senator wyden was trying to find out that basic information. and has been denied that. so you know, the most basic questions about a program that john brennan has been the architect of and the orchestrator of for four years, the most basic details o
-born terrorists. the move comes hours after john brennan heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing as cia director. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning out west. members of congress have been trying for several years to see the classified justice department's legal opinions by justified the killing of anwar uh-uhawe al awlaki and others on terrorism. last night the president gave in to the pressure. the man who will feel the heat on this today is john brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, who has been nominated to head the cia. brennan testifies before the 15-member senate intelligence committee, including republican susan collins. >> in many cases we're talking about hardened terrorists but we do need to have a different approach when an american citizen is involved. >> reporter: democrats are equally concerned, they want to know brennan's role in the white house-approved drone attacks on terrorists who are american citizens. on wednesday, senator ron wyden threatened to pull out all
brennan going on the hot seat in a matter of hours as the white house makes an about face on its controversial drone program and the targeting of americans overseas. the obama administration now breaking years of secrecy and handing over a confidential 16-page memo that justifies the targeting killing of u.s. citizens abroad suspected of being terrorists. this decision to release the document came hours before brennan was to face a serious grilling by lawmakers outraged over the program. the biggest critic, democratic senator ron wyden who says the president has been stonewalling congress for years and suggested blocking brennan's nomination. president obama called wyden specifically last night. >> clearly, the president's call to senator wyden so unusual and trying to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. >> what standard will barack obama be held to after the pictures of the little children who were killed by his cone drone attacks are placed before the jury in the hague? >> i was encouraged last night when the president called and he said as part of this effort, h
in public when president obama's choice for cia has his confirmation hearing. john brennan will be asked questions about interrogation techniques such as waterboarding including carrying out drone attacks against u.s. citizens. the white house is expected to stay ahead of that controversy. last night the administration acknowledged it would give congressional committee members access to classified documents that outline the government's stance on drone strikes against suspected terrorists who are also american citizens. the report will be in the hands of those lawmakers just hours before john brennan's confirmation hearing begins, and he will be the one today who's answering questions about the legality of killing americans who are believed to be senior al qaeda leaders such as the american-bern cleric anwar al awlaki who was killed in a 2010 drone strike. critics say the strikes violate the law. >> we have a president who is doing something that even president bush didn't do which is to order the killing of the united states citizen without clear evidence of an
, if they are high level terrorist targets, lawmakers interrogated john brennan for over three hours yesterday over the drone issue and other war tactics. it was explosive at times with brenn brennan defending the action. >> with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel like i've been jerked around by every cia director. >> 11 united states senators asked to see any and all legal opinions but when i went to read the opinions this morning, it is not clear that that is what was provided. >> we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives, when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> they won't even tell congress what countries we are killing children in. >> please -- >> senator feinstein zsh if you could please expedite the removal. >>> we have michael isakoff, and the correspondent who obtained the white page memo, jim warren, chicago editor of the daily beast and newsweek and karen finney and john braybender. michael, i want to start with you because it was your reporting that started all of this for the american people to get to learn more abo
for the brennan confirmation hearing. first it was virginia. now michigan is flirting with state-mandated vaginal probes. there's a late update on this story. i'll talk war on women with terry o'neil and actress martha plimpton. >>> senator bernie sanders has a new plan to stop corporate tax dodgers. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> the senator unveils his new bill here tonight. >>> plus, someone actually made the paul harvey farmer ad better. >>> and governor chris christie wants everyone to shut up about his weight. >> shut up. >> tonight, reverend al sharpton is here to give the governor some tips on becoming the biggest loser. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. the confirmation hearings of cia director nominee john brennan got off to a rocky start today. human rights protesters from the activist group code pink interrupted the hearings before they even started. john brennan is the architect of the obama administration's drone warfare program, which includes targeted killings. once the hearing got under way, there was another disruption. the protester wa
think about that, bring you up to date. john brennan was grilled by members of the u.s. senate yesterday about drones. ron wyden, senator ron wyden from oregon will tell us all about that hearing. no sooner did ray lewis retire from the ravens than his sond signed up to play for the university of miami. we will talk to sports blogger cindy borin from the washington post. a lot to get to, as we say, and we will, but first, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is speaking at the armed forces farewell tribute today in honor of defense secretary lienon panetta. he will be at joint base myer henderson at 4:00 this afternoon. this is the formal goodbye for panetta stepping down from his position. yesterday, he testified over the attacks in benghazi where he revealed there was no advanced warning for those attacks. he said that factor plus the time and distance involved prevented the u.s. military from reaching the consulate before four ameri
been watching the confirmation hearings for cia director nominee john brennan, an explosive day of testimony marked with protests and contentious questioning, a story that will no doubt dominate the headlines for days to come. "hardball" picks things up right now. >>> defending the drones. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconiummer komer chris matthews. secrets and spies. the man who is at the center of the national debate over the targeted killing of americans overseas has been in the hot seat on capitol hill. among other things john brennan coordinates the kill list and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in. real right wingers and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probab
't disagree with that. >> okay. do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes that john brennan is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work. >> okay. good morning, everyone. it's the top of the hour. 6:00 on the east coast. it's thursday, february 7th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. and former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. and from washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning. >> good morning. hi, mika. >> want to get straight into the news. chris christie's back in the news. he kind of fired back at that white house doctor who made some really kind of inappropriate comments about his weight. >> yeah, did you hear about that? >> i thought. i thought it was great what he said. it's exactly the conversation that we don't need to have about weight and obesity. we need to have a better one. hopefully this will lead to that at
of americans overseas has been in the hot seat on capitol hill. among other things, john brennan coordinates the kill list, and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in, real right wingers, and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probably heard that chuck hagel once said the following, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm not an israeli senator. i'm a united states senator. but what you probably haven't heard is the rest of that interview and why some people who know what hagel really said aren't angry with him at all. >>> and why is chris christie talking so much about his weight? maybe because he wants to talk about it on his terms, and why might that be? because perhaps he's running for
defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator levin doesn't like partisan food fights. and so an aide said that they would not be surprised if levin do
a historic event going on. >> the senate committee will hold hearing on john brennan. >> brennan is expected to be questioning about the growing controversy of drone attacks on american terror suspects. >> the white house order top lawmakers be given secret documents about the administration's secret drone program. >> police across southern california hunting for a former believe who was fired and is now threatening to harm others. >> governor chris christie is lashing out at the former white house doctor who says he's so heavy he might die in office. >> u.s. secrets exposed. >> iran is claiming it has decoded footage from a downed u.s. drone. >> a surprising about-face from lance armstrong, now planning to cooperate with anti-doping officials. >> something you don't usually see. >> a spicy little guy. >> all that. >> hairks i just met you, this is crazy, but here's my number, call me maybe be. >> federal reserve says it has six wait calls temporary vulnerability which allows hackers to briefly breach one of its internal websites. >> they could have made off with as much as negative 14 trill
of debate within the administration, but. >> that would be true. >> with cia nominee john brennan's confirmation hearing set for thursday, the pressure on the administration to be more transparent will only increase. in the last year, the administration officials have given several speeches that were designed to give the illusion of transparency on this issue by the use of force in targeted killings without being fully transparent. brennan was the first administration official to publicly acknowledge the drone strikes calling them, quote, ethical and just in a speech at the wilson center last year. >> it is hard to imagine a tool that can better minimize the risk to civilians than remotely piloted aircraft. for the same reason, targeted strikes conform the principle of humanity which requires us to use weapons that will not inflict unnecessary suffering. >> and at a speech last march at northwestern university law school, attorney general eric holder said the targeted killings of americans are constitutional if government officials determine the target poses an imminent threat of
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grilled right now at his confirmation hearing. john brennan is getting hardball questions about targeting terrorist ares and whether he supported the cia's enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. we're going to have a full rourp on that and all of the day's other news right after this. officemax is celebrating our new collaboration with go daddy! with an online package including: domain name, website builder with five pages and basic email just $49.99! that's up to 76 percent below online providers and only at officemax stores! [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadillac ats. you know who you are. you can part a crowd, without saying a word... if you have yet to master the quiet sneeze... you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts... well muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec
obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to send drones throughout the region. lawmakers will discover about a document that says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there ha
brennan, the headline of "the national journal" says john brennan shows hagel how it's done. we had another drone attack today. seven people killed in pakistan. an area outside of pakistan. none are civilians according to u.s. officials. nevertheless, the dynamic there, the clearing of the chamber and some of the tough questions from democrats to brennan, how do you measure his performance yesterday and the answers he gave? >> you know, i think a frustration was built around mostly the cia and the really hostile relationship between congress and the agency over the years and what lawmakers feel is the agency's failure to brief them adequately on a lot of secret operation that is are happening overseas. i think brennan is generally safe. he did perform satisfactory according to a lot of these -- the key democrats an some of the republicans on the panel and will get confirmed. i think that will happen in the next couple of weeks but look for the issue of the drone strikes and whether or not there needs to be more oversight to become a hot issue in the next weeks. >> senator bob menend
in an instant. at&t. ♪ >> the time is a 20 5:00 a.m.. president obama is nominee for cia director, john brennan, face a tough questions in his confirmation hearing. protesters actually interrupted the hearing at one. perry ed brennan said the obama administration has never killed terror suspects when officials had the opportunity to capture them instead. he spoke about the administration's future use of drones. >> president obama released the administration's classified legal justification for the drone a policy to the senate. intelligence committee before brennan's hearing. >> a new poll out this morning shows new jersey governor chris christie's approval rating is slowing. it is now 73 percent. the majority of independents and democrats surveyed also approved of the job kristi is doing. while approval ratings of his hand a list of super storm sandy are high, the poll found voters were split on his handling of the economy. that is the issue most voters are concerned are right now. >> boeing is planning to start test flights soon of its 787 dream liner. the company says that this will shoallowe
of this could come to a head on thursday for john brennan. eight democratic and three republican senators have written to president obama asking for the legal opinions authorizing the killing of americans. joining me now, national investigative correspondent michael isacoff. i saw your report and the reaction to the report. is it really surprising at this point? >> well, i think it's not that surprising, mainly because the administration has been so resistant to releasing any of the memos that explain its legal reasoning behind these drone strikes and in particular the drone strikes targeting american citizens. members of congress have asked to see copies. "the new york times" went to court and sued under the freedom of information act to obtain copies. and the administration has completely shut those requests down saying these memos are classified. if they exist and they're not going to discuss or release anything. so that has sort of built pressure up for the administration to show its cards. these are very consequential policies. we are here talking about american citizens who have constitu
advisor, john brennan heads to capital hill for his hearing to take over the c.i. averment. the white house has to answer some tough questions about its overseas drone program. the catalyst is a white house memo obtained that justifies american citizens. civil liberties advocates and senator ron widen tweeted today every american has the right to know that their government believes they're allowed to kill them. most americans seem to casually accept this. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones. both are msnbc political analysts. jebtle men, let's look here at carney. there was a briefing today and carney defended the president's position on drones. >> i won't talk about specific instances, but the fact is the methods that we use are designed specifically to avoid civilian casualties. i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership as opposed to an effort to lead a country with hundreds of thou sants of troops. >> why are you dancing around the question of whether or not we kill civilians. >> i don't think th
, senator what are you up to? he said i'm on a crusade. he said i'm on a tear. i'm out after john brennan. of course, the president's nominee to head the c.i.a. i said on what issue? he said on drones, of course. on drones. this is -- this guy is the architect of our whole drone policy. i told him. this is something that i've talked about on the show. i'm very concerned about the use of these drones. i'm torn about it but very concerned about it. and i said to him you know, i think this is an issue that's going to blow up in our face. he said you bet. we haven't seen a copy of it yet. he told me he was releasing a letter yesterday signed by -- i think he said 16 senators, republicans and democrats to the president saying we need the information on exactly what we're doing with these drones. what the policies are. what the guidelines are and who decides. now, this story has broken. all these questions about drones and now the justice department has just released a memo. it is a confidential memo, a copy of it has been obtained, story again just breaking this morning, a story -- the memo, c
on the kill list, from a basement office in the white house, john brennan, about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are indeed ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade. killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than 300 civilians, as well. a world away, in remote villages, you can hear them. like a distance, muted chain saw. a dull, but deadly roar. villagers describing it this way -- "the drones are all over my brain. i can't sleep. when they're hovering over us, we're all scared." a reality we seldom see, says stanley mcchrystal, the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program. >> if the threshold gets too low and we are too casual about it, then we will forget how much scar tissue we build up in those countries. >> reporter: general mcchrystal believes that americans should have the opportunity to know more about these secret drone wars, to weigh those benefits and risks. that rare opportunity will occur t
what we've learned about a potential sighting overnight. >>> john brennan in the hot seat as he tries to become the new cia director. surprising views on interrogation tactics and drones. >>> then, he's out. the man squatting in a multimillian dollar mansion in florida gets the boot. >>> and we'll speak with jim clemente, dr. michael welner, james usera, a former classmate of christopher dorner. ronwiden, and david frei of the westminster kennel club. we want to welcome our international viewers as "starting point" starts right now. >>> hey, everybody. welcome. our "starting point," everyone bracing for the monster blizzard. could turn out to be a storm for the ages with forecasters using words like epic to describe the storm. live pictures of new york. a foot of snow could be on the ground by this time tomorrow. right now, 23 million people in the northeast under a blizzard warning. air travel hit or miss. 3,000 flights scheduled for today and tomorrow have already been canceled. in boston, concerns that the storm could be worse than the blizzard of 1978. you will remember a hundred
of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. >>> a boeing 878 dreamliner will fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safeguards in the event of a problem. today's flight is not a test, it's simply to relocate that aircraft. >>> also from the
the president wants to head up the cia, john brennan getting grilled, defending the administration's increasing use of drone strikes, saying they are critical for national security. but brennan told the committee he would rather capture terrorists than kill them. >> the american people believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressi transgressions, nothing further from the truth. >>> democrats laid out the 15-point plan for gun safety on thursday. involves strengthening background checks, one for every gun sold, and a ban on assault weapons and magazines, cracking down on illegal gun trafficking, closing holes in the mental health system and support for citizens' rights to possess firearms for hunting, shooting sports, defense, and other legitimate lawful purposes. >>> party is over in boca raton. they have seized a $2.5 million mansion from a squatter who has been living there since december. andre bar rosa,, 22 years old. police and a bank of america representative came calling and they gave barbosa the boot. >> which you knew that was going to happen. you can't squat in a 2
reduction package last year. >> nancy cordes, thanks. >>> john brennan is said to make his case on capitol hill but a leaked memo will complicate tomorrow's hearing. it spells out the case for killing americans linked to terrorism. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: charlie, good morning. the unclassified memo was written by the justice department and sent to some members of congress last summer. it was never intended to be sent to the public, but it was leaked. brennan is the architect of the drone program and now the leak has the white house on the defensive. administration officials argued forcefully tuesday that the targeted killing of terrorists who are american citizens often by drone strikes is acceptable policy in the battle to keep america safe. >> these strikes are legal, ethical, and wise. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there is an imminent threat and when we're confident it's doing so that's consistent with international law. >> they give wild latitude. the memo reads it does not require clear evidence that a specific attack will ta
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